Columbian College About Hero


Our scope, our people and our history make Columbian College

a center of learning like none other.



About Columbian College





The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is GW’s intellectual and creative backbone—a place where research thrives, critical thinking is encouraged, collaboration is constant and real-world training goes hand-in-hand with learning.

As pioneers of the Engaged Liberal Arts, we equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be effective, responsible 21st-century citizens.


The Engaged Liberal Arts in Action

Psychology Clinic Offers Hands-On Training

Professor of Clinical Psychology Loring J. Ingraham and Graduate Student Jesse Greenblatt discuss their experience at the Clinical Psychology Program's Center Clinic.

Sophomore Colloquia: Small Setting, Big Impact

Sophomore Taylor Stonebarger discusses her experience in Professor Jamie Cohen-Cole's course, The Nature and Culture of Children, and how it connects to her future plans.

Brittany Lewis: Historian and Pageant Winner

History PhD student Brittany Lewis competed for the Miss Black America title to raise awareness for racial justice and further her doctoral research.


Our Scope

Columbian College is GW’s largest and most comprehensive academic unit. It's home to 42 academic departments, three affiliated schools, 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 28 research centers and nearly 500 full-time faculty—including Fulbright and Guggenheim scholars, award-winning artists, cutting-edge scientists and critically acclaimed authors.

Chartered Columbian College


4 blocks from the White House


Columbian College is GW's largest academic unit



Our People


Our History


Elissa Wernick

Elissa Wernick

BA '85, Psychology 
Member, National Council for Arts and Sciences

"My time at GW was one of the most pleasurable and formative periods of my life. Not only did I immensely enjoy living in D.C., but the campus' diversity and surrounding city exposed me to a variety of cultures and people who I otherwise would have never met. I made my closest and most enduring friendships at GW."